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Old 04-07-2007, 03:00 PM   #1
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My long fermentation has finaly reached it FG after 10 days. Should i now let it sit for a day or two to keep the exta settlement out of the secondary, or should i just let it settle out in the secondary?

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Old 04-07-2007, 03:16 PM   #2
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If you are going you secondary do it now.

I don't think you even need to bother with the secondary. Wait a few more days and then bottle it. A secondary is only required with a few styles of brewing.

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Old 04-13-2007, 01:33 AM   #3
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I thought a secondary was just used for clearing the beer? I guess I need to read more, but I use a secondary on everything so far (3 and counting). But again my understanding is that the secondary will help clear the beer giving you a much more refined taste and feel.

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Old 04-13-2007, 01:45 AM   #4
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your right the secondary is just for clearing and highly recomended.

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Old 04-13-2007, 02:40 AM   #5
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After my first couple of brews I switched to using a secondary all the time. It does help the beer clear more. I go about three weeks from brew day to bottling/kegging and like to get it out of the primary after around 7-12 days once fermentation settles down.

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Old 04-13-2007, 08:20 AM   #6
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I concur with DG Paul.....

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Some people like to use a secondary to clear their beers, others feel it is unnecessary and exposes your beer to O2. It is by no means mandatory. For a longer discussion on the subject, check out this thread:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=24994

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I always go to a secondary but part of it is because it frees up my primary

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Old 04-18-2007, 01:56 AM   #9
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For me if i'm bottling my beer I think i'll always use a secondary in future, its the difference between a thick layer of sediment at the bottom of my bottles to a tiny bit of yeast when i've let it clear in a secondary, plus as has already been said, it frees up the primary so you can get a chaser going! I have a very high turnover because I can't stop quaffing beers!

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I go to secondary in 5 to 7 days. Once the bubbles in the airlock slow down to once every 20-30 seconds. I want some fermentation activity still going to burn off any O2 that the beer may encounter during the rack to secondary.

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